“The biggest news about football writing this fall  is that it’s the 40th anniversary of About Three Bricks Shy of a Load, Mr. Blount’s book about the Steelers. It’s my long-held contention that this book isn’t just a classic of American football writing but the classic of American football writing, and a book that deserves a place on the short shelf of the cracked masterpieces of New Journalism.”
—New York Times
“Not merely is ‘Three Bricks’ funny, smart, perceptive and winning, there’s also a lovely quality about it that, for all the ferocity of the gridiron and the profanity of some of its language, I’d call gentleness. It’s a book about men in groups, this particular group being one that plays a very rough game, and it’s actually far less about football than about people.”—Washington Post
"A terrific book. . . . I have never read anything else on pro football, fiction or nonfiction, as good as this."—New York Times Book Review
"Both a literary and journalistic masterpiece. . . . At last, a superb and superbly hilarious writer has gone deep beneath the surface of the sport and wrenched the truth from it."
—Dan Jenkins, author of Semi-Tough
"Richly worded, highly affectionate, frequently reflective, sometimes indiscreet. . . . One of the best sports books of its kind."—Library Journal